NUJ urges Government to rethink immigration rules which it says will lead to media workers in UK being deported

The NUJ is calling on MPs to rethink new immigration rules which it says mean that media workers born outside the EU risk deportation unless they earn more than £35,000 a year.

The union is calling on MPs to oppose the new immigration rules which will be debated in parliament on 7 March.

A number of media workers have contacted the NUJ to say they risk facing deportation.

The new rules dictate that people born outside the EU, currently working in the UK, must earn at least £35,000 before they are allowed to settle in the UK – the union says.

IT says the proposals will impact on media workers including people who are employed at the BBC World Service.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “We are urging parliament to think again about the Government’s latest immigration proposals We are calling on the government’s latest  immigration proposals.

“We are calling on the Government to engage in dialogue with trade union and industry experts about alternative proposals that are suitable for specific industries- so we can avoid deporting media workers from the UK.

An NUJ member impacted by the proposals said: “My work had to prove no British person could do my job in order to hire me and I’ve paid all my fees to remain.

“I’ve also been paying into the tax and national insurance system for years. I’ve lived here for over seven years and have made this my home. If forced to leave I will be leaving a job I really enjoy, my partner who I love and a community I helped build outside of work.”

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